Samsung Recalls Over 650,000 Washing Machines Due to Fire Hazard

The company said it has received 51 reports of "smoking, melting, overheating or fire" involving the top-loading washers


Samsung is recalling hundreds of thousands of top-loading washing machines because the units can short circuit and overheat, posing a fire hazard, according to a notice posted Thursday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall involves several models of Samsung’s top-loading washers with super speed wash. The affected washers were sold in white, black, champagne and ivory colors and include model series WA49B, WA50B, WA51A, WA52A, WA54A and WA55A. In all, about 663,500 models are impacted.

The washers were sold at Best Buy, Costco, The Home Depot, Lowe’s and other appliance stores nationwide and online at from June 2021 through December 2022 for between $900 and $1,500.

Samsung said it has received 51 reports of "smoking, melting, overheating or fire" involving the top-loading washers, but a software update can fix the problem.

Consumers are urged to check their washer's software to make sure it has been updated. If not, consumers are advised to immediately stop using the washer until it has been updated. Instructions on how to check whether a washer’s software has been updated can be found here  

"All Wi-Fi equipped washers that are plugged into a power source and actively connected to the internet will automatically download the free software repair over-the-air when they are connected to the internet," the company said. "Consumers who have not connected their Wi-Fi equipped washer to the internet should contact Samsung for instructions on how to download the software repair."

Those whose washers are not Wi-Fi capable or who otherwise wish to receive a free software repair without connecting to the internet, should also immediately stop using the washer and contact Samsung by phone toll-free at 833-916-4555 from 8 a.m. ET to 12 a.m. ET daily for a free dongle to plug in and download the free software repair or visit the Samsung website's support page for more details.

The model and serial numbers are found on the washer’s label attached to the inside of the top lid, or on the additional label that is located on the rear of the washer. See the full list here:

Model NumberSerial Number Range
WA49B5105AV/US01J457BT700001W through 01J457BTB00111H
WA49B5105AW/US01J557BT700001J through 01J557BT700010D
WA49B5205AW/US01HH57BT300006X through 01HH57BTB00932W
WA50B5100AV/US01J257BT70001B through 01J257BTB01232B
WA50B5100AW/US01J357BT770001L through 01J357BT700010F
WA51A5505AC/US01HA57BR700003P through 01HA57BTB00346F
WA51A5505AV/US01H257BR600003R through 01H257BTB02018L
WA51A5505AW/US01GY57BR600026P through 01GY57BTB00269W
WA52A5500AC/US01HB57BR700003Y through 01HB57BTB02968X
WA52A5500AV/US01H357BR600006A through 01H357BTB01820Y
WA52A5500AW/US01H457BR600003X through 01H457BTB01503Y
WA54A7305AV/US01H557BR600003P through 01H557BR800650T
WA55A7300AE/US01H057BR600001H through 01H057BTB05872Z
WA55A7700AV/US01H157BR600151Z through 01H157ZT700005K
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